(Closed) The deal about assigned seating…help me!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s becoming more common in my area to assign tables, but like you, I have not been to many weddings with assigned seating.  I plan on assigning tables, not actual seats.

Assigning tables in your case would probably be best.  Your guest list is small enough that doing a seating chart shouldn’t be too much of a hassle!

Post # 4
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

If you feel like guests would be more comfortable without the assigned seating, I would mabye just reserve two tables for your immediate family and his immediate family. Putting a cute sign on the table would help with that, and everyone else can still enjoy the non-assigned seating!

Post # 5
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m in the camp that is a big fan of assigned tables (but not specific seats) at weddings.  It’s always awkward to be the guests that end up stuck (due to space) at a table where everyone know each other but you.  With your small guest list, it shouldn’t be too hard to put assigned tables together and even if your guests don’t expect it, I think they’d appreciate.  I know I do as a guest!

Post # 6
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

As posted above, we are doing assigned tables. I kept reading over and over how guests didn’t like having to find their own spots or they arrive at diff times and get outcasted by not being able to sit with the few people they would have liked to. Then you may end up with 2-3 tables of mixed people/couples who are likely to be very uncomfortable all night. Wouldn’t you rather sit with people you know?

I think table seating is the way to go.

Post # 7
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I personally love assigned tables because the last few to enter aren’t “stuck” sitting with somebody they don’t want and it’s less confusing.

Now granted, our seating chart was a big pain in the butt (No, she can’t sit with him!!, etc. LOL) but it worked out beautifully. And I had fun making the escort cards. 🙂 

Post # 9
435 posts
Helper bee

I am always a fan of assigned tables but not seats.  It makes it so much nicer for the guests in my opinion. And it was actually fun setting up the seating arrangement.

Post # 10
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m definitely FOR assigned tables.  That way guests are (hopefully) not stuck at a table where they no NO-one.  Or worse – what happens if one couple arrives late and there are two seats next to each other for them and htey have to split up??  I think if you aren’t going to do assigned tables, you’d need to make sure there are extra seats, not just the exact number of guests you have coming.  I did assigned tables for my 30 guests.  I wanted to make sure all the parents were the same distance from the bride/groom table and I had to make sure I split up my husband’s family because his mom and dad are divorced and wouldn’t have been happy sitting at the same table.  It was interesting, but worked out well once I had it all figured out!

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